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Hi I'm Gary

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 69, a convert, born and raised in California. I joined the Church when I was 17, served a mission in Australia, graduated from BYU with a BS and Northwestern University with an MBA. I have worked most of my life in consulting roles. I am a partner in an executive recruiting firm in Newport Beach, CA. I have been married for 46 years to Judy. We have four married sons and 14 grandchildren. Our family is the center of our lives. I have served as a Bishop and Stake President. We are Church-Service Missionaries since April 2011 and will assist BYU Idaho in setting up intern programs for students in Southern California. I am active in outdoor and physical fitness activities. I love to surf and am generally in the water at least once a week.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it brings great happiness to my life and the life of our family. First, I realize that there really is a Father in Heaven and that he had a devine son, our Savior and that when Jesus was here in mortality, he actually formed a church with authority. Second, that early church was lost including the authority. Third, that same Church was was restored through Joseph Smith in the 1800s and was given power and authority to preform essential saving ordinances which enable us to be members of the original church and become an eternal family. Lastly, becasue Heavenly Father loves us he has also provided additional scripture to help us and guide us. Living the principles of the restored church for more than 50 have confirmed my conviction that the events described above are true.

How I live my faith

I simply live my faith on a daily basis. I know that living what I believe makes me happy and I am able to share that happiness with others. Over the years I have been active in local community activities....sports with our four boys, Boy Scouts and membership on the board of our local/regional hospital. We also supported and worked closely with the local schools while our sons were growing up.

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

We lost a grand daughter almost three years. She accidently wandered into a back yard and fell into a swimming pool. It was terrible she was our youngest son’s first child…not quite two years old. It happened so fast, but she could not be saved. We know we will live again, and that our family relationships can go with us. However, the pain was nearly incomprehensible. At the funeral both our son and his wife spoke…we didn’t think they could do it, but they felt they knew their little daughter better than anyone else. They had a very special and calming spirit about them as they spoke. They had received the tender mercies of a loving Heavenly Father who confirmed to them that they would be together with this child for eternity and that they would not miss out on the special blessings that come to parents who raise a child. Our son and daughter-in-law also received a lot of support and love from their families, but it was the quiet spiritual confirmation that touched each of their hearts and souls that enabled them to bear this tragic incident. They now have a beautiful little boy and are expecting a new baby later this year. This has situation has strengthened our own personal testimonies….We know that we will live again as eternal families. Show more Show less